Concept art shows that Bane's mask could have been a lot worse
Jan 14, 2013

When it comes to The Dark Knight Rises, Bane was a heated topic. If it wasn't his voice, it was his look—specifically that mask. In the comics, it was heavily inspired by those worn by Mexican luchadores (wrestlers). So how could they translate that without looking too campy? If you had issues with their final choice, wait till you see what could have been.

Batman, Iron Man + 22 more superhero-carved Halloween pumpkins
Dec 17, 2012

There is no more ubiquitous symbol of Halloween than the humble jack o' lantern, perhaps because it's so endlessly adaptable. Sure you can go with the standard grinning face, but for the 19th installment in our 31 Days of Halloween series, we wanted to remind you that with enough time and nerdy ingenuity, you can make something much more, well ... super.

Tom Hardy reveals the real guy who gave him that creepy Bane voice
Dec 17, 2012

Though much of the talk so far surrounding Bane's voice has been about whether or not we'll actually be able to understand him through that mask, it's worth noting that Tom Hardy put a lot of work into the character's dramatic accent. We've heard the grandiose tones of Bane a bit in the Dark Knight Rises trailers, and now Hardy's revealed he actually based the voice on a real person.

Nine rough sketches reveal what Bane's mask almost looked like
Dec 17, 2012

We've been fascinated by Bane's freaky The Dark Knight Rises mask ever since we saw it, and it was even more terrifying on the big screen. But according to a page of rough sketches, the filmmakers initially had many more variations of the iconic facewear they were willing to try.

Clip shows how much Nolan changed Bane's mumbly voice in TDKR
Dec 17, 2012

One of the biggest concerns after the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises was teased with the opening of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was Bane's (Tom Hardy) voice. It was creepy, but garbled, and most viewers had trouble following it. Well, if you've seen The Dark Knight Rises you know it doesn't sound that bad now—and a new side-by-side comparison shows just how much it changed.

Watch Tom Hardy's fascinating Trek screen test with Patrick Stewart
Dec 17, 2012

Before Tom Hardy bulked-up (again) and chilled audiences as Batman's nemesis Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the actor got to play a villainous, younger, cloned version of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis. Now you can watch his first interaction with Captain Picard himself, played by Sir Patrick Stewart.

The Bane origin story that got cut from The Dark Knight Rises
Dec 17, 2012

Did you ever wonder about the real origin story of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? The film's costume designer says it was filmed but didn't make the final cut. *Warning: spoilers to follow!*

TDKR character bios reveal intriguing Bane and Catwoman details
Dec 17, 2012

Some new promo materials have come out for The Dark Knight Rises, and the character bios for newcomers Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) reveal some very interesting story notes for the final installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy. Potential spoilers ahead!

5 new TDKR posters show off Bane and Batman in epic detail
Dec 17, 2012

Five new promo posters for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises have made their way into the wild, showing off great new looks at Batman, Bane, Catwoman and shiny new vehicle The Bat.

Bane bare-knuckles it in new Dark Knight promo shots
Dec 17, 2012

Poised for mayhem, Bane seems set for supervillain stardom when Christopher Nolan's Bat opus ends this summer. Here's a fresh pair of mega-macho images featuring Tom Hardy's muscled maniac himself ready for Gotham City primetime.

Did Christopher Nolan fix Bane's garbled TDKR voice after all?
Dec 17, 2012

When fans who saw the Dark Knight Rises prologue back in December started to complain that they couldn't understand Bane's voice, we heard Christopher Nolan didn't care much, then we heard that maybe he cared a little after all, and then we were left to wait and hear for ourselves.

TDKR heroes and villain are ready to rumble in 6 epic new posters
Dec 17, 2012

With only two months to go until the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the anticipation is definitely starting to build. To whet our appetites a bit longer for The Dark Knight Rises, the studio has released six epic new posters, which definitely don't undersell it.

4 massive new Dark Knight Rises banners show Gotham in ruin
Dec 17, 2012

Where's a street sweeper when you need it? Thanks to Bane and his legion of followers, Gotham has gone to hell in a handbasket. Judging by the latest banners from The Dark Knight Rises, Batman is the only thing standing between the city and complete chaos.

Tom Hardy pic teases Bane's Dark Knight Rises back-breaking scene
Dec 16, 2012

Does Tom Hardy have what it takes to "Break the Bat"? The actor's aware of the buzz surrounding Bane's most infamous scene, so he's decided to re-enact it for the masses. Check out a photo of Hardy (dressed in costume) as he cracks some serious back!

The Dark Knight Rises kicks off its viral campaign with a memo
Dec 16, 2012

We all remember how much fun it was to sift through all the viral marketing ahead of the release of The Dark Knight on the hunt for clues about the flick. Now, The Dark Knight Rises is getting in on the viral action, and the first clue comes in the form of a mysterious and heavily redacted CIA memo.